The Department of Coffee & Social Affairs are building a small empire in London, with 7 locations in London and counting. My most recent caffeine fix came from Norton Folgate location, the coffee shop that I’ve walked past countless times, but always at the weekend when it’s not open. Thankfully a weekday opportunity presented itself, so I popped in.
The Norton Folgate café (previously known as The Liberty of Norton Folgate) must be the most oddly shaped café I have ever been in – it’s incredibly long but awkwardly thin (24 metres by 2.6 metres! Probably the longest coffee shop in Europe, if not the world…), with the till at one end, the coffee machines in the middle and a seating area at the far end.
They’ve made the best of an odd space though – it’s bright and breezy, with full height windows running along the length, and angular light fittings suspended from the ceiling, sculpted to represent the molecular structure of caffeine.
Staff have a great sense of humour (well it is the Department of Coffee & Social Affairs), it’s a cute and unusual space, and it serves up the consistently excellent coffee that the Department have honed to perfection, plus breakfast, lunch and cakes.
Conveniently located on Bishopsgate, between Spitalfields and Liverpool Street, I can highly recommend this spot for a weekday caffeine fix (07:00 – 17:00).
And judging by the crowd of mid-afternoon regulars hovering outside and at the counter when I visited, it seems that many people agree.
Department of Coffee – Norton Folgate
Units 8 & 9, 201 Bishopsgate Building, Norton Folgate, EC2M 3UG